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Annual, Weekly and On-Going Socials

Weekly Saturday Social with HWG

      Join us on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:00 am (CST) via Zoom for a time of networking and connecting to other writers. Conversations about current work in progress, publishing, troubleshooting issues, plus sharing news and opportunities with one another take place during this time as we meet up in virtual space for coffee.

Last Saturday of the Month, Rally for Hope with former guild president, Andrea Sanchez.

     On the last Saturday of each month, in lieu of our social, we join in with former guild president Andrea Sanchez as she hosts a Rally for Hope from 10:00 am to 11:00 am CST.

      Each Rally includes motivational speakers that share compelling stories and insight to motivate us and help us remember we are not alone in this journey called life.

     Check out more about this ongoing program and register for the next event here: andrea@sparkstory.co

Saturday Socials
Seminars and Summits

Seminars and Summits

Seminars and Summits Coming Soon

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Upcoming Houston Writers Guild Events

Authopalooza

Authorpalooza Extravaganza Conference

The Renga Exists
by the Houston Writer’s Guild Authorpalooza

On 10/7/23 Composed in the Hilton Room

We came to mingle

As writers tend to avoid

Topped with odd coffee

It was disappearing! Ugh! But the cookies were tasty

Kevin Anderson Loves writing dragon stories Began at age ten

It was chaos but fun Tech was f*cked up bad today

Back to olden days
Take notes with pen and paper

Knowledge shared and gained

The popcorn effect in play Authors participated

Writer's Room

     Writing Coach and Developmental Editor, Max Regan, offers ongoing workshops and programs for writers of all genres.

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     For more information and to register contact Max Regan at hollowdeckpress@mac.com.

     Upcoming sessions offered by Max Regan:

January 2024 Projects Intensives Session I

January 5, 2024 - January 8, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

January 2024 Projects Intensives Session I

January 12, 2024 - January 15, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

7-Week Poetry Lab

February 2, 2024 - February 20, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

February 10-Day Bootcamp Class

February 1, 2024 - February 10, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

11-Week Beyond Bootcamp Class

February 12, 2024 - April 28, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

9-Week Poetry Lab

March 5, 2024 - April 30, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

Breaking Open the Book Lectures:

March 29, 2024 TBA

April 26, 2024 TBA

May 31, 2024 Guest lecturer Amanda Hart Miller will lecture on Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

10-Day Poetry Bootcamp Class

May 1, 2024 - May 10, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

Annual June Projects Retreats! Session 1

June 7, 2024 - June 17, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

(one of these 10-day sessions will be held in person in Boulder CO, Stay tuned!)

Annual June Projects Retreats! Session 2

June 21, 2024 - July 1, 2024 Time taught by Max Regan via Zoom

(one of these 10-day sessions will be held in person in Boulder CO, Stay tuned!)

First Sunday of the Month Salon Reading

First Sunday Monthly

Taught by Max Regan via Zoom

For more information and to register contact Max Regan at https://www.hollowdeckpress.com.

Workshops by Max Regan

January 2024 Projects Intensives

  For tuition information head to https://www.hollowdeckpress.com.

Tuition is $450 per session / $850 for both sessions
To Register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com

     Every January we offer 2 separate sessions of an immersive 4-day Writing Projects Intensive to get the New Year started off with focus and a burst of creative energy! 

 

     WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROJECT?

 

     This intensive is one of the highlights of the Hollowdeck yearly schedule, it is designed to get your new year launched with a strong and organized leap into your writing life. As the year begins it’s a great time to take a deep breath and pull that on-going writing project or idea back up onto your desk and dig in. Let’s make this the year you bring it to life!! 

     Your project might be just an idea or it might already be under development. It might be a novel, a business book, a story, a memoir, a how-to or children’s book. It might be a collection of poems, a fantasy novel or a family history. You might have piles of drafts and notes or just a small quiet idea in the back of your head and heart that wont go away. Regardless of what stage of the writing process you are in, this immersive retreat will help you get organized, focused and motivated to get your project moving!

     The goal for this Intensive is simply to focus on your writing project, without distractions or procrastination. Writers will be divided into 2 small working groups. We get started with an evening session on Friday night for the whole class, then each small group will meet for 2 hrs once a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to talk and strategize about the work that needs to be done. Monday night we will gather again as a full class to discuss the steps that come next so you can keep the momentum going. Together we will discuss your project and come up with a work-plan customized for each student, outlining your goals and discussing the aspects of the writer’s craft that will help you accomplish your work.

     
HOW DOES THE INTENSIVE WORK?

     Each writer will have a lot of solo work time during every day. Max will also schedule a 1hr one-on-one private session with each writer prior to the Intensive to discuss your specific project, text and goals. This session is included in the cost of your tuition. By the end of the Intensive each project should be more structured and well underway. This retreat is open to any interested writer, regardless of geography, experience, genre or stage of development. We welcome all your messy files, old journals, disorganized pages and wild ideas, no matter how tiny or gigantic!

     There will be 
two sessions of this intensive, both sessions work the same way, with the same daily schedule. Writers are encouraged to choose whichever dates work best in their schedule.

     
MARATHON WRITERS WELCOME!


     Writers who would like to register for BOTH sessions and work on their project for two consecutive weekends in a row (this option is called "Marathoning") will receive different curriculum and content in Session II, building on the work they did in Session I. Writers registered for both sessions will also receive a $50 discount on their total tuition cost.
The Intensives will be 
taught by Zoom and while it's not NEARLY as much fun as sitting with other writers in person, Zoom is easy-to-use and allows writers to join the Intensive from wherever they happen to be. When you register for a class I will send you the Zoom link and the class schedule, we will USE THE SAME LINK for each day of our Intensive. You do NOT need a Zoom account to attend a class. 

First Sunday of the Month Salon Reading

     Free admission!
     To Register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com

     Join this free session every first Sunday of the month. Bring short 5-minute writing pieces to share and receive feedback from Max as well as the other authors in the room.

Getting Ready For June

     Free admission!
     To Register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com

     For those writers who might also be planning to sign up for the big Annual June 2024 Writing Projects 10-Day Retreat then this four-day January Projects Intensive is a great way to get organized and get your text and your goals underway as you head towards June! There will, of course, be different curriculum, exercises and techniques used in each event.

WE HAVE ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!


To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com as soon as possible. Tuition for the Intensive is $450, which includes 2 large group classes, 3 small group classes and one private 1hr session with Max per session. For Marathoners attending both sessions tuition is $850Registration is limited so please contact Max by email at hollowdeckpress@mac.com as soon as possible if you want to register.

See other courses that are added to the Class Schedule at https://www.hollowdeckpress.com.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo
In Person and Virtual Write-Ins 2024

     Check back in April 2024 for Camp NaNoWriMo listings!

     Virtual Write-Ins via Zoom: The following write-ins will be held via zoom. The link to the room will go live on the HWG website in the Writers Room page 15 minutes before the official start time. You can access the link on the website anytime.

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